I promised to post you a few reviews on this blog and so far I've been true to my word. Even the crap comics have lessons to teach. Looking back, I seem to be gushing and ranting in equal measure. Ha ha. What fun!
Before I go too much further I want to take a quick detour and talk about digital versus paper. All of the comics I've bought on my comic crusade have been paper editions. I find that there's nothing quite like flicking through a real book! The hefty "30 Days of Night" tome is printed on wonderful glossy paper. It's a real pleasure to flick through. I'm caressing it now. I don't care what anyone else says... It really does make a difference to the overall experience. ;-)
Shooting off at a tangent... How interesting then that I chose to go completely digital with my own comics. I designed "Bad Moon" to be read on an eReader from day one. I haven't checked out what it looks like on a Kindle, but other readers seem to render it as I intended it to display. Whilst I flirted with the idea of producing a paper edition, it came down to simple economics in the end; I couldn't afford to make a paper edition. Having gone down the digital route with "Bad Moon", I find that the idea is growing on me, but I haven't taken the plunge and bought any digital comics myself yet.
"30 Days of Night" isn't new to me. I reviewed the film on this blog for you almost two years ago! It's great! I really should watch it again sometime. I've also heard that there has been a sequel produced. When I stumbled across the comic I was in two minds about getting it. That was until I realised that the film was based upon the comic and not the other way around. I was intrigued to see what sort of comic might inspire a film.
The stories in this omnibus cover a lot more than is in the first film. I'm not going to get bogged down in comparing the two for you right now... Buy me a pint if you want to hear that. Suffice to say, I think that both formats have a slightly different payload, and both are great for different reasons.
Let's talk about the comic...
Most of the action revolves around a town called Barrow in Alaska. Once a year the sun sets for thirty days and the inhabitants are forced to sit out the winter in darkness. Unfortunately for the locals, thirty days of night is far too good an opportunity to miss for a certain group of vampires hell-bent on no good. One fateful year the gang drop in and much carnage ensues. Things can never be the same again! And so begins a larger story of humans versus the undead.
Have I said enough? I reckon so. On the old and decrepit Triple-B I'm going to switch on 7 lights in an attempt to flush the buggers out. Anyone want to reveal themselves now?